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Fulbright & Jaworski: West Virginia DEP Issues Emergency Rules For Horizontal Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing

By Jeremy A. Mercer and Cecil C. Kuhne, IIIa On August 22, 2011, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection ("WVDEP")-pursuant to Governor Ray Tomblin's Executive Order 4-11, issued July 12, 2011- promulgated emergency rules related to horizontal drilling and hydraulic...

Babst Calland: Natural Gas ’Forced Pooling’ Bill Currently Pending in West Virginia Legislature

By Briana J. Marino As reported in The Wheeling Intelligencer , the West Virginia Legislature continues to consider H.B. 4558 and S.B. 578 , which would allow oil and gas producers to create production units through “Forced Pooling.” If passed, such a law would allow natural gas producers...